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Adverbs of Degree

An introduction to adverbs of degree

Mark Messer

on 15 March 2013

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Transcript of Adverbs of Degree

Degree What do they tell us? What do they look like? Where do they go? Adverbs of degree tell us 'to what degree',
How hungry are you? - a little hungry
How beautiful is she? - more beautiful than you!
How much does she like me? She likes me a lot. almost completely very intensely incredibly too enough quite hardly extremely barely highly enormously pretty rather somewhat totally as . . . as . . . less . . . than . . . more . . . than . . . She hardly knows me. (modifies the verb) The dog was hardly angry. (modifies the adjective) Some are single words. Here are some examples from least to most. Those were just a few examples of adverb WORDS of degree.
Here are some words we use to make adverb PHRASES and CLAUSES of degree. All adverbs WORDS of
degree except one
go before the word they modify.
Which one? 'enough'
Look for it in these simple examples. He walked hardly as fast as me. (modifies the adverb phrase 'as fast as me') She pretty much hates me now! (modifies the verb) Bob is pretty nice. (modifies the adjective') Chris walks pretty quickly. (modifies the adverb) Did he study enough? (modifies the verb) He is old enough to be your father!
(modifies the adjective) Jamie runs quickly enough to beat you!
(modifies the adverb) Her actions are highly suspicious. (modifies the adjective) I highly recommend this medicine. (modifies the verb) He shoots highly accurately. (modifies the adverb-this seems less natural than using another word, like 'very') She is completely crazy. (modifies the adjective) She completely filled the box. (modifies the verb) You haven't done the exercise completely correctly. (modifies the adverb) Adverb phrases of degree have unusual word order. He eats more noisily than a pig. (modifies an adverb [noisily] - notice the word order - the word that the adverb modifies is among the words that make up the adverb of degree) His head is as large as a basketball. (modifies
an adjective [large] - notice the word order) She loves me a lot. ('a lot' is only used to modify verbs, but 'a little' can modify verbs, adverbs, and adjectives) She loves me as much as her brother.
(modifies a verb [loves] - notice the word order. Adverb clauses of degree can be made with some of the same words we use to make adverb phrases of degree. Look at how similar they are to the phrases! He eats more noisily than a pig eats. His head is as large as a basketball is. She loves me as much as she loves her brother. OR
She loves me as much as her brother loves me. Hee hee! So, how well do you understand adverbs of degree now?
very well? better than before? more than you did yesterday?
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